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Memorable Manitobans: John MacLean Hunt (1920-1984)

Lawyer, judge.

Born at Cornwall, Ontario on 25 October 1920, son of Albert James Hunt and Isabel Ross MacLean, he came to Winnipeg as a child where he later attended the Manitoba Law School, graduating in 1942 and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1943. He was a solicitor for the Canadian Wheat Board until 1948 when he went into private practice in the firm of Hunt and Philp and later Fillmore, Riley, Hunt, McLachlan, Norton, Philp & Yarnell. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1957 and was a Bencher for Law Society of Manitoba from 1962 to 1966. He was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench in 1966, serving until October 1982 when he was replaced by Vern Simonsen. He chaired a 1970 provincial commission of inquiry into hospital admissions. On 23 June 1945, he married Joan Edith Adamson (1924-2004), daughter of John E. Adamson. They had two daughters: Alexandra Hunt and Catherine Hunt. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba from 1973 to 1975. He died at Winnipeg on 26 April 1984.


“10 new Queen’s Counsel named for Manitoba,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1957, page 1.

“Judge Hunt replaced,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 October 1982, page 5.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 April 1984, page 47.

Obituary [Joan Edith Hunt], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 2004.

We thank Lee Gibson for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 January 2016

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